GET ON THE BUS (DOLMUS/LOCAL BUS)
If you have a couple of hours to spare or even a day or so, explore the area and be surprised at how much it has to offer.
If Staying In Fethiye, Hisaronu, Ovacik , OluDeniz or Kaya, you will find each resort is very easily reached by the local minibus service. Each of these resorts has its own unique feel and if staying in one of these it would be a great pity not to pop along to the others. Note that there is no direct bus service between Kaya and Oludeniz.
There is a regular Fethiye to Oludeniz service, which leaves Fethiye near the mosque every 10 minutes or so and goes past Otogar, Erasta shopping Centre, up to Ovacik, it circles Hisaronu and then goes on down to Oludeniz, if you are looking to go to the lagoon, if you ask the driver, he will generally drop you off there. The last official stop for this Bus (or first depending which way you are going) is Oludeniz main beach and just past the Mosque in Fethiye.
OLUDENIZ of course, is a beach resort with the main Belcegiz beach being a long stretch of beach which is shingly but with some sand, the sea is wavy here and the beach is backed not only by the mountains but a promenade, which houses some wonderful restaurants and bars and of course, tour agencies where you can book day trips or to paraglide. The Paragliders land on this stretch of the beach and watching the paragliders whilst eating a meal or lying on a sunbed soaking up some rays is a positive delight. The daily boat trips set off and return from a section of this beach. The town at Oludeniz is quaint and cobbled and you will find shops selling all types of goods, some rather fabulous hotels and many places to eat and drink.
To the right of the main beach is the most photographed beach, Kumburnu beach more commonly referred to as the lagoon. Access to this beach is via Kumburnu National Park and there is an entrance fee to access it.
To the side of Kumburnu beach are the private beaches such as Billy’s Beach, Sugar Beach, SeaHorse Beach to just name a few. Each of the beaches here has a facebook page and offers a free shuttle service. Most of the beaches along this stretch also are popular locations for weddings and well known for their barbecue nights. All serve good food, have lovely shelving sandy beach to the almost still and very shallow waters of the lagoon.
With a market on Monday, for a spot of shopping and maybe lunch of gozleme a type of pancake which is very popular with tourists and locals alike, lots of shops selling fantastic sports-wear, shoes, handbags, lamps and soaps, designer glasses and sunglasses and absolutely beautiful jewellery, Hisaronu is a bit of a shoppers paradise. When you are all shopped out, it has a very large choice of restaurants to eat at, bars with different atmospheres from the more chilled out to the dance/club type bars and everything in between. There is a fun fair, a gaming area and some of the bars and restaurants have play areas for children. This is a mountain resort, with stunning views all around.
A resort in it’s own right, Ovacik is very close to Hisaronu and has a very chilled out vibe. The restaurants and bars in this area, are generally quiet, but, with plenty going on, such as quiz nights and live acts etc., and there is a new attraction this year, which is an upside down house, which would make for memorable photographs, there is also a hotel that hosts Room Escape, which is something a bit different to do and great fun too. Ovacik, again is a mountain resort and benefits from the matching views.
Kaya Koy is an agricultural area and also houses what is known as the ghost village, once named Levissi. In 1923 the thriving little Greek village area with its school, churches and cobbled streets was evacuated as part of the populations exchange between mainly Greece and Turkey and was not re-occupied by the Turks who they had lived with as friends and neighbours. Kayakoy is a named Unesco World Friendhip and Peace Village. Louis de Bernières' book, A Bird Without Wings is based on the Village and part of the Film starring Russell Crowe, The Water Diviner was set in Kayakoy. Full of natural beauty, a great place to explore, the abandoned village is usually open by day to tourists and around the area, there are some wonderful places to soak up the atmosphere, from the barbecue restaurants in the area, where you cook your own meal, to the wine house, gozleme selling pancake stalls and some wonderful traditional Turkish restaurants and cafes.
Not far past Kayakoy is Gemiler a beach area. The water here is ultra clear, the views stunning and the beach itself pebbly but sunbeds and shades can be hired.
Fethiye is a fast growing township that is aspiring to City status, Many improvements have already been made in the area and many more are planned, our mayor is very active, loves a park and wishes to keep the area one of natural beauty and one that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Fethiye, is a bustling market town, the main market day is on a Tuesday, when you will mix with the locals and where we buy our fruit and veg, herbs and spices, wooden spoons and the odd tee shirt. In the main market place there is also the villagers market, (small holders) selling their fruit veg and spices on a Friday plus on a Saturday there is the Patlangic market, which is a smaller version of the Tuesday market.
When you come down toFethiye, you will find you will spend a lot of time in an area of natural beauty, the harbour area is stunning, the sea is generally calm, there is of course a mountain backdrop, the promenade is beautiful, with parks, a community centre where shows and displays are put on (usually for free), a jogging track and juice cafes, restaurants and bars.
Paspatur is popular with tourists being very pretty and with cobbled streets, the duckpond restaurant, shops selling traditional goods, Umbrella Street, the fish market is in the general area here and is full of character, a great place to buy your fish and get one of the restaurants surrounding the fishmongers to cook it for you. The atmosphere in the fish market is always good and it is very popular with locals as well as with tourists.
Karagozler is near the Marina, there is an ampitheatre here, with very old houses nestling in the mountain side above, but below the road referred to as lovers lane where people stop and sit at the picnic tables to take in the view of Fethiye bay , breathtaking always. The road from here, also goes through forestry to Kaya village or along to the fortress above Fethiye, and along from that the rock Tombs
Fethiye, is a wonderful mix of the modern with the ancient, natural beauty and character.
These villages are reached by a dolmus that runs every half an hour from Fethiye during the Summer (hourly in the Winter.) It goes the Oludeniz route and then onwards and upwards to Kabak and Faralya. Here, there are some hotels and restaurants that welcome you for a day or longer if you wish. Kabak beach is unspoilt and pretty much perfect and accessed down a steep track by a minibus service.
Faralya, a small village, the beach is not reachable by bus but there are a few hotels in the area where you can lunch and it is on the Lycian way, if you are a walker. From here the landscape is mountain and as with all the areas, benefits from panoramic mountain and sea views with it’s most famous view being that over Butterfly valley.
Taking two dolmus or a dolmus and a water taxi (great option) you can go to the resort of.
Most famous for its sunsets, Calis has a long promenade, lined with restaurants, cafes and bars, a pebbly beach, sea and mountain views and overlooks Sovalye Island.
Calis is residential as well as for tourism and there are plenty of shops, there is a market on a Sunday, a new park is currently being finished off in Calis and it goes along the shoreline. It looks absolutely amazing and will be a lovely place to visit. Plenty to do and if you take the water taxi, a mini boat trip is thrown in, it takes about half an hour from Fethiye to Calis and is a positively pleasurable way to travel, especially as you pick up the breeze (the other thing Calis is very famous for).
This is a small country town, with a relaxed feel, beautiful agricultural scenery with lush mountain views, ideal for a wander around, a nice lunch, a glass of wine and lots of photographs.
Uzumlu has a market on Friday’s, this is nowadays held on a road near the canal which is off the Cadianda Road. The Town square is quite pretty and if you are lucky you can see the ladies weaving a fabric called dastar, plus it is worth exploring the side streets for a more traditional feel.
Close to Uzumlu is Nif, famous for it’s cherries and if you visit at the right time of year, then do buy some to eat on your way home, they are beautiful. Uzumlu has a mushroom festival each year, in April when the town really opens up and there are displays of country dancing plus entertainment and of course, lots of mushrooms to see.
The dolmus passes Incirkoy, which is a small village, also rural just before you get to Uzumlu.
You can pick this bus up in Fethiye just behind Opet Petrol station and it goes through the Gunlukbasi Road and on to Uzumlu with the final point being at the Uzumlu mosque, this is also where you would board to return to Fethiye. On the way back, the final stop is at the Fethiye mosque area. The bus journey takes approximately 45 minutes.
The service is regular with the bus fare being a very reasonable TL3.75.
LONGER DAYS. AWAY DAYS AND POSSIBLY NIGHTS AS WELL
FURTHER AFIELD TRIPS
If you come to the area a lot and would like to stay somewhere different for a night or two, without of breaking the bank or having to over plan, then you could get on bus which goes a bit further.
From Fethiye’s Otogar, you can get on a minibus or during the Summer months, a coach, going to Antalya, which stops off at Saklikent, Kalkan, Kas and Olympus before reaching Antalya.
Cheap and cheerful, the journey is pretty and you can get off and stretch your legs for a minute or two at each stop off point. The journey takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.
Kalkan from Otogar, on the Bati Antalya service, costs 18tl each way.
For around 22tl each way, you can get on a coach such as Pamukkale (you can book online) and the journey is that much quicker as it does not stop off at the small villages.
Kalkan itself, is known for being rather steep and being a place where it is practically impossible not to see a wide open sea view. At the bottom end is a lovely bay and a town centre with very nice restaurants and bars and a beach club, cobbled streets and ample character. Great for a day trip or, for an overnight stay. Being so steep, it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
Kas from Otogar on the Bati Antalya Service. Costs 22tl each way.
As with Kalkan you may choose a coach during the Summer and this is usually speedier and would cost about 27tl.
Again, nice for a day trip it is also fab for a night or two’s stay. A traditional town on a peninsula Kas has a lot of Old World Charm, with well established shops, restaurants and bars, it is not as steep as it’s sister resort of Kalkan with parts of the town being on the flat and easy to wander around. With an attractive coastline Kas is also where you could pick up a ferry to Meiss, a small Greek Island, well worth a visit.